The Hard Facts of the Grimms "Fairy Tales"

The Hard Facts of the Grimms "Fairy Tales"

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"Tatar's main concern is with the enduring hold of the tales on children's imaginations. Why should they enjoy stories about other children sent out to die in a wood, or being victimized by cruel stepmothers, or given impossible tasks to perform, and (if female) forced to marry frogs or bears? . . . The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales--related in language that is sharp, lively, and free of jargon--is delightful evidence that Grimm scholarship can give pleasure to the general reader." --Janet Adam Smith, New York Review of Books "For scholars, students, and general readers, Tatar's book is a balanced, sensitive, and informative guide to the content and context of Grimms' fairy tales." --Merle Rubin, The Christian Science Monitor" . . . intelligently eclectic and refreshingly commonsensical, a thoughtful ramble through the dark childhood woods that haunt our adult dreams."--Carl Maves, San Francisco Chronicleshow more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 155.2 x 233.7 x 18.8mm | 408.24g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • Reprinted edition
  • Ill.
  • 0691014876
  • 9780691014876

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"A clear, imaginative and fascinating illumination of the stories we thought we knew."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review"show more

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